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The class in each grade with the highest percentage of PTA participation will win a Gigi’s cupcake party! See how the PTA enhances life at Sarah Smith for all students. Thank you to all who have...more

Fall Festival -- Save the Date!

Saturday, Oct. 25, 10-2 pm Sarah Smith holds its annual Fall Festival! Food, games, the Haunted Hallway. bungee jumps, crafts, game truck and more.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

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September 23 - Tuesday
5th Grade - HTHT
08:15 AM - New Parent Coffee - IC
September 24 - Wednesday
5th Grade - HTHT
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - Jackson Elementary
September 25 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
03:30 PM - Local School Council Meeting
September 26 - Friday
Spirit Day - Wear Your Favorite Cap!
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
06:00 PM - 2nd Grade Social
September 29 - Monday
1st Grade - HTHT
September 30 - Tuesday
1st Grade - HTHT
October 1 - Wednesday
1st Grade - HTHT
09:00 AM - School Tours
October 2 - Thursday
National Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly
October 3 - Friday
Deadline for Parent Challenge Referrals
Book Fair
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
06:00 PM - Kindergarten Social
October 5 - Sunday
01:00 PM - SRS Work Day
October 6 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Book Fair
October 7 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Book Fair
October 8 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
Fall Picture Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Book Fair
October 9 - Thursday
No School - Fall Break (Teacher Learning Day)
October 10 - Friday
No School - Fall Break
October 11 - Saturday
No School - Fall Break
October 12 - Sunday
No School - Fall Break
October 13 - Monday
No School - Fall Break
October 14 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 15 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Report Cards
5th Grade Field Trip
October 16 - Thursday
Reflections Due Date
Parent-Teacher Conferences
5th Grade Field Trip
October 17 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
5th Grade Field Trip
Kindergarten Field Trip
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
06:00 PM - 3rd Grade Social
October 20 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 21 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
06:00 PM - Reflections Awards Ceremony - IC Gym
October 22 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 23 - Thursday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
5th Grade French Food Day
October 24 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
October 25 - Saturday
Fall Festival
October 27 - Monday
Red Ribbon Week
October 28 - Tuesday
Red Ribbon Week
October 29 - Wednesday
Red Ribbon Week
October 30 - Thursday
Red Ribbon Week
2nd Grade Field Trip
October 31 - Friday
Red Ribbon Week
Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black
November 4 - Tuesday
5th Grade Field Trip
November 5 - Wednesday
Picture Re-Take Day
09:00 AM - School Tours
November 6 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
November 7 - Friday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 11 - Tuesday
Kindergarten - HTHT
12:00 PM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
November 12 - Wednesday
Kindergarten - HTHT
November 13 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Kindergarten - HTHT
November 17 - Monday
3rd Grade Field Trip
November 18 - Tuesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
November 19 - Wednesday
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - Garden Hills Elementary
November 21 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 24 - Monday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 25 - Tuesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26 - Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 27 - Thursday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 28 - Friday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
December 3 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - School Tours
December 5 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 9 - Tuesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
3rd Grade French Food Day
December 10 - Wednesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
06:30 PM - Jr. Beta Club Induction
December 11 - Thursday
5th Grade French Food Day
December 12 - Friday
2nd Grade Field Trip
09:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
December 15 - Monday
3rd Grade Field Trip
December 16 - Tuesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
Kindergarten Field Trip
December 17 - Wednesday
3rd Grade Field Trip
December 19 - Friday
Class Holiday Parties
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 22 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 23 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 24 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 25 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 26 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 27 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 28 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 29 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 30 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 31 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 1 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 2 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 3 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 4 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 5 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 8 - Thursday
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
5th Grade French Food Day
January 9 - Friday
Report Cards
1st Grade French Food Day
2nd Grade French Food Day
4th Grade French Food Day
January 12 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
January 13 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
09:30 AM - Read-A-Thon Classroom Rep Meeting - PC Cafeteria
12:00 PM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
January 14 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
Kindergarten - HTHT
January 15 - Thursday
Kindergarten - HTHT
5th Grade - HTHT
January 16 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 19 - Monday
MLK Day - No School
January 20 - Tuesday
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 21 - Wednesday
Prospective Parents Meeting
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 22 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
2nd Grade - HTHT
January 23 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
January 24 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
January 25 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
January 26 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
January 27 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
January 28 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
January 29 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
January 30 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
January 31 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
February 1 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
February 2 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
February 3 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
February 4 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
PTA & SSEF Board Nominations Due
09:00 AM - School Tours
February 5 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
February 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
06:30 PM - Bingo Night
February 9 - Monday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Tuesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Wednesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 12 - Thursday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 13 - Friday
Winter Break - No School
February 16 - Monday
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Tuesday
Winter Break - No School
February 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - E. Rivers Elementary
February 19 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
4th Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade Tattling Tales History Presentation
February 20 - Friday
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 24 - Tuesday
Mardi Gras
February 25 - Wednesday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 26 - Thursday
5th Grade Field Trip
February 27 - Friday
5th Grade Field Trip
Read-A-Thon Hawks Game
March 4 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
09:00 AM - School Tours
March 5 - Thursday
5th Grade - HTHT
March 6 - Friday
5th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
06:00 PM - Taste of SRS
March 9 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names A-E)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 10 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names F-M)
08:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
March 11 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names N-T)
March 12 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
March 16 - Monday
Teacher Learning Day - No School
March 18 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 19 - Thursday
4th Grade - HTHT
March 20 - Friday
Report Cards
4th Grade - HTHT
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
09:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
March 23 - Monday
Spring Conferences
March 24 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
March 25 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
2nd Grade Field Trip
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 26 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - Spring Musical
March 27 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT
March 30 - Monday
Spring Conferences
Kindergarten Field Trip
March 31 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
April 1 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
09:00 AM - School Tours
11:00 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
April 2 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
April 3 - Friday
Spring Conferences
1st Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 6 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 9 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 10 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
April 13 - Monday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 14 - Tuesday
4th Grade - HTHT
April 15 - Wednesday
4th Grade - HTHT
12:00 PM - NAPPS Community Meeting - North Atlanta HS
April 16 - Thursday
2nd Grade French Food Day
April 17 - Friday
2nd Grade French Food Day
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 24 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-Up
April 27 - Monday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 28 - Tuesday
1st Grade - HTHT
3rd Grade French Food Day
April 29 - Wednesday
1st Grade - HTHT
April 30 - Thursday
Kindergarten Field Trip
5th Grade French Food Day
May 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 4 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 5 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 6 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 7 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
May 8 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
4th Grade French Food Day
May 11 - Monday
International Travelers Week
May 12 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
06:30 PM - 2nd Grade Night at the IC
May 13 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 14 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 15 - Friday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 20 - Wednesday
Yearbook Signing - IC
May 21 - Thursday
Yearbook Signing - PC
May 22 - Friday
Last day of school!!!
End of Year Parties
May 25 - Monday
Memorial Day
June 2 - Tuesday
Final Report Cards

August 25, 2014

Hello Sarah Smith Community -

Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year! I truly appreciate all of the support and help being given by our parent community who has stepped in to help anywhere the need has arisen…from bus transportation needs to assisting with facility and grounds improvements, to providing teachers with much needed classroom supplies.  

I hope you found the grade level orientation sessions beneficial. These were designed to better inform you of what to expect with your child’s new teacher and grade level. Please remember to support the PTA and the Sarah Smith Education Foundation. Your children benefit tremendously from the efforts of these two organizations.

Our current student enrollment is 1,104; 155 fewer students than last year. We ended the 2013-2014 school year with 1,259 students. The school demographic has remained almost the same as you can see below.

2014-2015 (1,104 Students)  

African American – 17%
Asian – 7%
Hispanic – 18%
Multi-racial – 6%
White – 52%

2013-2014 (1,259 Students)

African American – 14%
Asian – 7%
Hispanic – 19%
Multi-racial – 6
White – 54

Math Instruction 

What math group is my child in?” This seems to be a question heard a lot over the past few days. As I have communicated a number of times, students are being grouped differently for math instruction for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Children have been grouped based on their performance on common assessments (given by all teachers) since the beginning of the current school year as well as by looking at their past performance on the CRCT, CAAS, grades in math, etc.

The entire class in the newly formed groups will be on approximately the same math performance level. The math classes will be flexible in that a child, based on their performance over a span of time, can move to a different group where the instruction is more compatible with their learning rate. There will be whole group as well as small group instruction during the math block each day.

Math Exemplars

Exemplars performance material provides teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing problem-solving and communication skills. The open-ended material engages students and helps them to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. The problem solving approach is being implemented school-wide. The steps include the following…

  • UNDERSTAND the problem
    • Underline the question
    • Locate the important information
    • Form “I have to…” statement
  • THINK of the plan for solving
    • Choose the strategy
    • Make the plan
    • Form “I will…” statement
  • SOLVE the problem
    • Use the strategy
    • Check the plan
  • COMMUNICATE the solution
    • Organize the solution
    • Explain the plan
    • Create a representation
    • Use mathematical language
    • Label and review the solution
    • Show the answer
  • MAKE a connection
    • Observation
    • Pattern
    • Comparison
    • Rule
    • Hypothesis
    • Different strategy
    • Different solution

Teachers received training on the implementation of the problem-solving approach during pre-planning prior to the beginning of the school year. We are excited about how this will increase students’ knowledge of problem-solving through a methodological approach.

Writing Instruction

One of our school improvement goals is to improve the quantity and quality of our students’ writing during the 2014-2015 school year. This is being accomplished in a number of ways, but the staff began by established our shared beliefs about student writing. I have listed the beliefs below.

  1. All children can produce quality writing.
  2. Students must write every day (writing “across the curriculum” is important).
  3. Student writing must be meaningful and purposeful (voice and audience should be considered).
  4. Students should receive feedback from an adult (conferences) on their writing.
  5. Student writing should follow a modeled, systematic process.

I will provide more information about the specifics of what we are doing in future editions of “The Anchor.”

Update on the Installation of Artificial Turf for the Playground at the Intermediate Campus

PTA board members and school administrators have been working diligently with Atlanta Public Schools and the City of Atlanta to finalize requirements and permitting for the installation of the playground turf. All of the permits have been approved and we are currently working with the vendor to find the optimal time for installation.

Staff Feature

Each month two staff members are randomly selected and profiled in “The Anchor.” This gives you an opportunity to know a little bit about the wonderful faculty and staff members working with your children every day.

Judith Lumpkin – Second Grade Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Chatsworth, Georgia

Education – BS in Early Childhood Education – North Georgia College and State University; Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University; Specialist’s in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

Hobbies, Family, Interests – Enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Her son, Jackson, is 3 years old and her son, Graham, celebrated his first birthday in February. They keep her very busy! Her family is actively involved in Peachtree Road Unity Methodist Church. Her home is divided when it comes to college football…Georgia Bulldogs and University of Alabama…GO DAWGS!!!!

Claim to Fame – She is friends with the President of the Grammy’s and she had the opportunity to attend the Grammy Awards in 2006!

Favorite Quote – “To teach a child is to touch a life forever.”

 

Amanda Larkin – Third Grade Teacher

Birthplace/Hometown – Plainwell Michigan

Education – Bachelor’s in Early Childhood/Urban Education from Western Michigan University; Master’s in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.

Personal: Mrs. Larkin has a husband, Jacob, and one son, Cade. She has two dogs and three cats. Amanda loves running and completes triathlons in the summer months.

Claim to Fame – Mrs. Larkin is an “Ultra Marathoner,” which is running anything over 26.2 miles. She says, “Yikes, I’m super crazy!”

Favorite Quote – “You can gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Your Principal,
Ken Proctor, Ed.D.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal's Desk

On behalf of all of us at Sarah R. Smith Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to our website. Sarah Smith Elementary has a long and distinguished history of service to our children and families.  We are proud of our students.  They continue to achieve at high levels and make significant contributions.
 
--- Dr. Kenneth Proctor